A brilliantly taken 44th minute goal from midfielder Darragh Joyce proved decisive as Good Counsel qualified for the Leinster Colleges SFC A semi-final with victory over Marist College, Athone at Dr Cullen Park, yesterday. Joyce’s goal was excellently constructed as Counsel moved the ball the length of the field before centre forward Mikie Dwyer off-loaded to the No 9, who beat Conor Devaney with a superb finish. The Wexford side then led 1-10 to 2-2.
Good Counsel were dominant for most of the hour but fell victim to Marist goals at the start and end of the first half from Luke Carty and Aaron Roarke. The midlanders led 2-2 to 0-6 at the break, Counsel, having played with the wind appeared in trouble. But it was Wexford college who took control in the third quarter with Darragh Lyons and Darragh Joyce to the fore. Jason Sheily’s dead ball accuracy edged them 0-10 to 2-2 in front when Joyce netted. Marist had late points from substitute Cathal Mannion, but the game had already slipped away from them.
Scorers for Good Counsel: J Sheily 0-5, 0-4f, D Joyce 1-0, S Bardon, M Dwyer, T Coady, B Whitty, T O’Connor (f) 0-1, J Meyler 0-1 each.
Scorers for Marist College: A Roarke 1-1, L Carty 1-0, C Mannion 0-2, 0-1f, R Cooper (f), C Gleeson (f) 0-1 each.
GOOD COUNSEL: C O’Connor; D Kelly, D O’Connor, S Bardon; E Porter, J Sutton, B Power; D Lyons, D Joyce; J Sheily, M Dwyer, T Coady; A Swan, B Whitty, T O’Connor. Subs: J Meyler for Coady (h/t); I Carthy for Kelly (h/t).
MARIST COLLEGE: C Devaney; M Nolan, E Nally, A Daly; M McGloin, E McCormack, J Curley; R Cooper, D Reid; C Quinn, J McDonnell, L Carthy; C Gleeson, A Roarke, B Stack.
Sub: C Mannion for McDonnell (46).
Referee: P Moran (Laois).